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Bring ‘invisible class’ into view

Posted March 27, 2015 by Commentary by Jerold Haupt

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — When I was a young boy, my father explained to me that there was dignity in work. He told me to always respect the worker regardless of how thankless or menial their job may appear to be. He said that you never know the burdens a person may be carrying, or…

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I was abused, why I ignored it

Posted November 4, 2016 by by 931st Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

“I swear I would never have hit anyone, but her …” As I sat in a couple’s therapist’s office, my husband spoke the words that would one day become his mantra. Statements were often preceded with, “I’ve never hit anyone,” or “This wouldn’t have happened if you had just …” This was my life for…

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Take the time to fulfill travel requirements prior to departure

Posted July 2, 2015 by Commentary by Miguel Mendez

Military members often wonder why they have to fulfill additional requirements in order to take leave outside the continental United States, whether it’s Aircraft and Personnel Automated Clearance system, theater, country clearance or other requirements put in place. Some of the responses I hear on a regular basis are: “It’s just leave, not official travel.”…

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Chaplains help build relationships

Posted January 9, 2015 by Commentary by Chaplain (Capt.) Jason Klodnicki

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — Relationships come and go — personal and professional — yet some of them are too precious, or important, and are worth fighting for when the going gets rough. Many people come to military chaplains with their pains, worries and hardships. “I feel misunderstood.” “My best friend and I just don’t…

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The Air Force issued me my ‘kids’

Posted June 2, 2017 by by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — While I’ve decided to live a childfree lifestyle, the Air Force, in its infinite wisdom, saw the need to issue me two kids. They are both straight out of technical training and brand new to the Air Force — and one is still too young to accept an adult…

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Make time to mentor your Airmen

Posted April 24, 2015 by Commentary by Staff Sgt. MATTHEW WERNER

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, AZ — The Air Force is comprised of Airmen with many skills and talents. The backbone to our continued success is our men and women who strive to be excellent on a daily basis. However, there are times when our focus is derailed by our own personal and professional guidelines. I was taught…

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Control from the cockpit: Two former fighter pilots explain the meaning of air dominance

Posted April 1, 2016 by From Raytheon Company

Time was running out for Cesar “Rico” Rodriguez and the rest of the NATO fighter pilots. They’d pulled off a surprise strike on a Serbian surface-to-air missile site, but the attack was dragging on – and the enemy was about to hit back. Rodriguez picked up an enemy fighter streaking north from Pristina. It was…

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Holiday, Thanksgiving and gratitude: Some thoughts

Posted November 3, 2017 by

November is the Thankful Month. OK, we observe a national holiday in the month. Note with me that it is called a national holiday, but in a historical sense it is not truly a holiday i.e. a “holy day.” Bear with me for a moment, I’m not suggesting you change the way you use the…

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The “not my problem” problem

Posted October 19, 2015 by Commentary by Tech. Sgt. Joseph Slaughter

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — In an Air Force where being a leader at all levels is highly encouraged, it is becoming increasingly disturbing to me that people just do not seem to care. They are so focused on their particular area of responsibility, that when something new or unknown arises, they routinely brush it off…

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Cybercrime: How it affects you

Posted March 20, 2015 by Special Agent Monte Stephens

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho (AFNS) — Cybercrime is the fastest growing and most dynamic area of crime. Ever-increasing reliance on cyber technology is allowing criminals to operate with virtual impunity across a range of criminal activities and jurisdictions. Although the types of crimes are not necessarily new (theft, fraud, extortion, drug proliferation and…

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